Gladwin Rotary

Chris Shannon, Gladwin City Manager (left) and Alan Donaldson, City of Gladwin Parks and Recreation Committee Member.

GLADWIN – On Tuesday, September 1, Alan Donaldson, a member of the City of Gladwin’s Parks and Recreation Committee, presented to the Gladwin Rotary Club, providing updates on Gladwin’s new disc golf course which is set to open in the Spring of 2021 in the City of Gladwin’s North Park. 

According to Alan, there are over 600 disc golf courses in Michigan, and anyone can play. In the sport, there are multiple discs, depending on the purpose, just like there are different golf clubs. Instead of trying to get a ball into a hole in the ground, in disc golf, the goal is to get your disc into a hanging basket. 

Locally, the cities of Sanford, Coleman, Mt. Pleasant and Midland all have disc golf courses. The average length of a hole is 350 feet and it should take about an hour to play nine holes. Once open, Gladwin hopes to have league play as well as drop in. They will also look to selling hole sponsorships to local businesses. 

The City of Gladwin’s Parks and Recreational Committee received a grant that would cover most of the costs for nine holes if the City paid for the first nine holes of the course. In addition, many great community partners have been involved, including DeVere and Carole Dennings, owners of FED Design/Builders and Riverwalk Place, who donated to the project for the baskets and other equipment and have also donated the use of machinery to assist in building the course.  

Alan concluded the meeting by answering questions from rotarians and guests in attendance.

Join the Gladwin Rotary Club at a meeting to see if rotary is for you. The group meets on Tuesdays at noon at the Riverwalk in Gladwin. The Rotary motto is “service above self,” so if that’s you and if you are interested in learning more about Gladwin Rotary, please contact Karen Moore, President at RotaryMoore@gmail.com or Joyce Swartzmiller, Membership Chairperson, at 989-435-7122. 

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